Poolboy, if you "don't know anything about digital cameras," don't waste your money on an expensive one to start with. You can get a pretty good camera for $200 or even less. It takes years to become a good photographer, and beginners can't take any better photos with a $600 camera than with a $200 one. Take elgecko's advice and look on the Steve's Digicams website, especially cameras in the "Entry-level" and "Compact" cagetories. Actual photos taken by the cameras are on the website. (You'll notice there's not much difference between photos taken by $600 cameras and $200 cameras, by the way.) After you get a camera and work with it for a couple of years, you'll have a lot better idea of what you want. And by that time those $600 cameras will have come down a lot in price.